Thursday, December 27, 2007

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night

We spent Christmas this year in our sleigh (the Land Cruiser) visiting from house to house. We started the events on Saturday and continued until Tuesday.
Day One
Dinner with my mom’s side of the family. Everyone dressed up and headed for a dinner at South Mountain Inn; a group of 13 adults and 7 children that were in the middle of the restaurant. Thankfully everyone behaved themselves and had a great time.
Later that evening we headed to Uncle Rob’s house. Carter and Luke apparently ambushed any adult that came in the basement with some shooting discs. If Luke’s didn’t work then he came in for a tackle. Luke asked every adult around to get him more dessert. Not many said no to him.
Day Two
Dinner and presents with my side of the family. This is always fun one. Mounds of food and mounds of presents. Carter and Luke marveled at the piles of presents and used all of their will power not to tear into them immediately. Brayden slept peacefully during most of the excitement.
Day Three
Dinner and presents with Jeremy’s mom, dad, siblings and their children. Enchiladas were on the menu for this evening. The children ate their dinner quickly, we sang a few Christmas songs and then the paper was flying. Presents were being handed out, the children were ripping them open, paper was every where, we are all shouting thank yous and “wow look what I got” over everyone. Some how we did all of this in about two hours and managed to squeeze in Jeremy’s father’s birthday presents and cake.
Day Four
The morning at home. Carter sorted all of the presents before everyone was awake. This year the big present was a children’s John Deere Gator. The boys were so excited they drove it around in the cold while still in their pajamas. Brayden had a great morning; thankfully all of the excitement did not seem to affect him much.
Later that afternoon we headed to Grandpa and Grandma Jenkins’ home for more food and presents. I am pretty sure Luke only ate dessert.
After the days of going none stop, Carter, Luke and Brayden went to bed that evening at six o’clock and we did not hear from them until the next morning. We had a wonderful Christmas this year!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Always an adventure to cut down the Christmas tree. Carter and Luke run in and out of the trees lines, declaring around every turn that they found the perfect tree and that they would like to "help" cut it down but some how Jeremy does all of the work. The truth is that Carter and Luke are really in it for the free candy canes and hot cider.

Friday, December 7, 2007

What's on Brayden's Mind? Dec 5th

Brayden went in for another EEG to look at his brain activity. We were supposed to have a meeting with the neurologist but the inclement weather and traffic caused us to miss the appointment. A usual 50 minute drive turned into a 2 hour and 20 minute drive. We did arrive in enough time to have the EEG at Children's. Brayden does not like for his head or face to be touched by anyone at anytime so we knew that the EEG was going to be a challenge. Over 25 electrodes needed to be placed on his head. He fought the tech, Jeremy held him down and I held his face. He wore himself out and rested once all of the electrodes were place. Once all are on then he is watched for about 30-40 mintues. The fun part is getting all of the gel/paste off of his head.

We have not heard all of results of the EEG results yet. We did get a brief message from the neurologist which said it looks like his it not having infantile spams, which is an answer to pray. The infantile spams are a bad seizure and hard to control with medication. The EEG did show some activity but we are waiting for the full details from the doctor.
UPDATE: We talked with the neurologist. There are no signs of infantile seizures. The EEG showed lots of abnormal activity on the left side of his brain. We always assumed that this was the most effected side because of the way his seizures look. The doctor will continue to watch him over the next several months. The current goal is for him to be seizure free for one month and then we could start bringing him off of one of his medications.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Luke is 3

Luke celebrated his 3rd birthday, November 30th. Luke was really into the birthday this year. He was counting down the days and now that it has passed he wants to know when the next one is coming.